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Studies show that '''many school choice programs do not provide enough funding to low-income families''' to provide for the full cost of private school tuition.[https://thinkprogress.org/why-the-racist-history-of-school-vouchers-matters-today-c972bec8a257#.z0p7lsam8] '''Few charters perform better than low-performing traditional public schools do''', and high-performing charter school networks stayed away from Michigan when they started incentivizing charter schools because of how unstable the school market is absent regulation. [http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/12/us/politics/betsy-devos-how-trumps-education-nominee-bent-detroit-to-her-will-on-charter-schools.html?_r=0] Vouchers would have the impact of giving taxpayer money to religious schools, because most private schools are religiously affiliated. [http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/opinion/betsy-devos-and-gods-plan-for-schools.html]
===Trump/GOP agendaAgenda===
*Trump's educational program would encourage more students to attend charter schools, which are '''16% more likely to suspend students''' than non-charter schools.[https://www.civilrightsproject.ucla.edu/resources/projects/center-for-civil-rights-remedies/school-to-prison-folder/federal-reports/charter-schools-civil-rights-and-school-discipline-a-comprehensive-review]
In March 2017, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District was decided by the Supreme Court. In an 8-0 finding, the Court determined that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that a child’s individualized education plan (IEP) “must be appropriately ambitious in light of his circumstances.” Chief Justice Roberts, who wrote the opinion, made it clear again that “for children fully integrated in the regular classroom, this would typically require an IEP ‘reasonably calculated to enable the child to achieve passing marks and advance from grade to grade.’” He also said that that “the goals may differ, but every child should have the chance to meet challenging objectives.” The Court rejected the “merely more than the bare minimum" (or de minimis) test applied by the Tenth Circuit, finding instead that schools are required to show that an “IEP is reasonably calculated to enable the child to make progress appropriate in light of his circumstances.” [https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/15-827_0pm1.pdf]
===Trump/GOP agendaAgenda===
*[[Trump_Administration#Secretary_of_Education_Betsy_DeVos|Education Secretary Betsy DeVos]] stated in her confirmation hearing that enforcement of the Individuals with [[Disability Rights|Disabilities Education Act]] should be left to the states, seemingly unaware that this is a federal law.[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/01/18/six-astonishing-things-betsy-devos-said-and-refused-to-say-at-her-confirmation-hearing/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.0282de4a851f]
*The [https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/05/01/whats-in-the-spending-agreement-we-read-it-so-you-dont-have-to/?utm_term=.e165cad28b7c spending deal] passed by the House and Senate on May 1st, 2017,[http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/c.ampaign-k-12/2017/05/budget_deal_2017_title_I_special_education_spending.html] includes:**More money for special education.**More money for [http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2017/05/budget_deal_2017_title_I_special_education_spending.html TRIO], which serves [[Disability Rights|disabled students]], among others.
===Recent Updates===
*4/22/2017: John Benjamin Haygood, a 10-year-old boy with autism, was arrested at his school for being disruptive and allegedly striking his aide. John was frustrated at not getting enough help with his work and said that the aide had pinched him. His mother videotaped the arrest, and the video's release has sparked outrage. [[Disability Rights|Disabled students]] are far more likely to be arrested for disruptive behavior because schools can bypass IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) laws if they go through law enforcement.[http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/22/opinions/autism-student-arrest-video-perry/index.html]
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